Space Jams

We review Space Raft’s ‘Rubicon.’

The ’60s pop-influenced four-piece Space Raft aimed its telescope toward the stars on 2014’s sci-fi-themed debut, but follow-up Rubicon finds the galactic travelers dealing with problems of a human nature. “Never coming back again/ We ain’t going home,” singer/guitarist Jordan Davis surrenders on opener “Borrowed Time,” a song as much about getting stranded on Earth as it is about confronting mortality. Much of the Big Star influences have been thrown out the proverbial air lock, as the band has sharpened a harsher rock edge with its latest work.

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Top Tracks

“Red Arrow” ➞ Shredding guitars and howling vocals help this protest song about the Dontre Hamilton shooting.
“Vacation” ➞ A free-falling slow jam about taking that final ride to the afterlife.
“Bitter Cup” ➞ A magnetic cautionary tale, in the style of blues rock, on the ill effects of alcoholism.

‘Space Jams’ appears in the March 2016 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Kevin is a freelance writer residing in Milwaukee. He’s contributed to The Shepherd Express, Third Coast Daily, Pop Matters and the sadly now-defunct A.V. Club Milwaukee. He looks forward to forging a deeper connection with the city’s impressive music scene during his gig as a Music Notes blogger. His talents include music criticism, riding a bicycle, drinking tasty beers and a crafty croquet swing. His weaknesses comprise Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, professional wrestling and his ever-growing record collection. He’s in desperate need to find more physical (and hard drive) space for the exceptional albums Milwaukee musicians keep churning out.